As a Senior Systems Transformation Specialist at WestEd, Felicia Reed leads technical assistance and capacity-building projects with state education agencies and school districts nationwide. Through facilitation, process management, and strategic analysis, she organizes teams of leaders to set goals, create policy, and make improvements in the name of more equitable educational opportunities for students.
Reed’s work spans community engagement, organizational partnerships, strategic planning, systems improvement, resource strategy, adult learning design, implementation monitoring, and education policy. Her WestEd portfolio has included developing tools and resources for school improvement divisions of multiple state education agencies, leading state and local education agencies through strategic planning processes, and advising on equity-based state and federal resource allocation.
Prior to joining WestEd, Reed served at the Rhode Island Department of Education, where she led development of the state’s Secondary School Regulations and Every Student Succeeds Act plan. She has also worked on the leadership teams of national education nonprofits.
Reed received a BA in human development and East Asian studies from Connecticut College, where she studied early childhood education, equity in schooling, gifted education, and Japanese language and culture. She also earned an MEd in school leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus on family and community partnerships in schools and nontraditional leadership roles in education. She earned an EdM in educational leadership from The Broad Center, studying leadership practices for transformation, change management, and effective processes for community engagement in state education policy.